Gavin May report 2022
Now rebuilt with a very swish promenade, Capitanerie office and facilities, and surprising small new facilities. Some smart-looking bars there too, or some more traditional buildings and bars by the old harbour. The old harbour now has a sill though I am not sure who they put in there-longer staying folk perhaps because it is of course tide constrained. Plenty of friendly staff in the dories, it looks like this place is either busy or very busy, especially weekends even though it is 1100 berths or so. The old Facilities are still there and oddly, not refurbished given the rest of the new marina looks like it probably cost 10s of millions! On-site Epicerie in July and August or a fair-sized but not overly charming supermarket 15 mins walk.
A fine level walk along the coast, south, which will take you out to the end of the peninsula with views across to Belle Ille and on round to Quiberon, or take the direct road across the peninsula if you need the bars and clothes shops etc without the stroll. There are some Quiberon circuit bus routes in the high season. A small pleasant sandy beach is close by.
It has a lot going for it.
Port Haliguen is situated at the southern extremity of the north to south 9 miles long narrow Quiberon peninsular. Approaching Haliguen from the northwest the normal route would be through the rocky outcrops of the Passage de Teignouse but approaches from other directions are much less constrained. The eastern side of the peninsular forms the western arm of the Baie de Quiberon whilst the western side faces the Cote Sauvage. Over the last 5 years, the marina and shoreside have been undergoing extensive alterations. On our last visit there in 2019, these works were well advanced – but still ongoing.
Considering its exposed position, we have found the marina well sheltered. It has all the basic facilities – fuel in the old southern and mostly commercial part, two small chandlers, two cafes, a good launderette, and a clean shower block. The Capitainerie is located on the first floor of a new building. The town of Quiberon is around 25 minutes walking through suburban streets, but once there, it has a good range of shops, epiceries, fishmongers and two small supermarkets. The problem is carrying everything you buy back to the marina!
Along the south-facing seafront is the solely commercial harbour called Port Maria from where ferries run regularly to Belle Ile, Houat and Hoedic. Most of the ‘touristy’ eateries are situated along this seafront and there are beaches from where one can safely swim, in the right conditions. From the marina, there are very pleasant coastal walks or bike rides heading south.
Nick Fletcher kindly provided the above report
Port Haliguen is at the South Eastern end of the Quiberon peninsular. It is a large and modern marina with all the facilities.
There are some shops by the port and the main town is about 10 to 15 mins walk from the marina.
Stopover is very busy because ideally located at the entrance to the bay of Quiberon, Port-Haliguen is only 3 miles from Teignouse, 12 Belle-Ile, 9 of Crouesty, 7 of La Trinité. On foot, the centre of Quiberon and all its shops are a ten-minute walk.
Official website www.quiberon-port-haliguen.com/en/
VHF Channel 9
BY THE SEA
La Trinité-sur-Mer 7 M
The Crouesty 9 M
Pornichet 34 M
Lorient 25 M
Concarneau, 48 M
Tides – maree.info/102
Quiberon – Saturday
Port Haliguen – Wednesday
By the summer of 2019, the marina itself has been extensively rebuilt and extended, with new breakwater, pontoons and the old harbour installed with a sill. There were plenty of HM dories about in high season, but you might need to go to the website unless your pilot guide is very up to date or you might think you have arrived somewhere else!
The marina is now 1150 berths and expects 11000 visitors, and the reason for its success is that of course, it is open access to the fine Quiberon cruising area, with the three islands just offshore.
Marina buildings were yet to be built, so there is still little on-site, but Quiberon itself is a mile or so away and the port of St Maria is quite bustling.
Looking at the architect drawings, this marina is going to be quite chic when finished, expected in 2019, probably moving it beyond what has essentially been a pretty large boat park. To be fair, in its location, nothing wrong with that.
Gavin May kindly provided the above report